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Editorials

  • Tariff would be a threat to local newspapers

    There are two things you need to know about newspapers.

    Newspapers are important to community life and democracy. Always have been. We at the National Newspaper Association think it is important for all sorts of newspapers to survive for the sake of a free society – the very large and the very small ones, the liberal ones, the conservative ones, the middle-of-the-road ones, the ones with no viewpoint but just important news, all of them. Some are our members. Many are not. We defend them anyway. America needs them like we need oxygen.

  • Online sales tax ruling levels field for merchants

    Indiana residents will soon pay seven percent more for many of their online purchases thanks to a Supreme Court ruling last month, but it was the fair thing to do.

    In a 5-4 decision June 21 the court said states are free to collect sales tax on Internet purchases just as they do on store sales.

    Some online merchants, including Barnes & Noble and Lands’ End, had been required to charge Indiana sales tax on sales to Hoosier residents for years because those merchants had “a physical presence” – stores and/or warehouses in the state.

  • Our View: Presidents struggle with immigration decisions

    When it comes to American policy on immigration, historically, leaders have long footed both sides of the fence. It’s a practice woven into the fabric of our culture, but the past is not a patronage of fairness.

  • Freedom is always worth celebrating

    Wednesday is Independence Day and we believe there are so many reasons to celebrate America’s Independence Day. When our founding fathers penned their names to the Declaration of Independence and that declaration was adopted on July 4, 1776, they gave us the means to be who we are.

    They helped us gain so much, including the freedom to practice religion without fear or preference to some national creed, the freedom to speak out in voice and in press and the freedom to pursue happiness.

  • Ozone and the air we breathe

    An ozone alert was issued for the area early last week. Not many people pay attention to the alerts and perhaps we need to do better at alerting the public to those times when our air quality is not where it should be.

  • Townships remain a vital tool of local government

    Township government is alive and well. That is especially true in smaller, rural communities like those that comprise Perry County. Many of us know our township trustee and while we often don’t interact with that office directly, a good number of our friends and neighbors do.

    Despite proposals to do away with the office of township trustee, the position continues to exist because of the services they provide today and others they may offer in the years to come.

  • Parks survey a stepping stone to improvement grants

    It has been a long, drawn-out process that has probably taken longer than it should have, but local city and county parks boards now have the data they need to prioritize their goals and compile their master plans for the next five years.

    The Perry County Parks Board began surveying area residents about what they want most from their parks in 2015 and continued to offer surveys online recently. This year it and the Tell City Parks Board combined to get Purdue University staffers to compile and analyze the results of surveys about all the parks in the county.

  • The catch-22 of gauging mental health

    As national mental health month comes to a close in May, we should take a moment to address the segmented status of mental health in the culture. It’s no secret that there are flaws when it comes to addressing mental health. But making it part of routine health checks could reduce persistent stigmas.

  • Policy decisions felt locally

    Politics, or at least the national consciousness of it, rarely seems to focus on policy. Pundits on national media tend to focus more on which players at the national level are “winning” as opposed to what the impact of action, or inaction, in Washington D.C. can be. This was recently seen in the brief coverage of the passage of the federal spending bill in March, which relaxed restraints on military and domestic spending put in place to control the growth of the budget deficit in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

  • Job skills, not just college, key to brighter future

    When it comes to a career, college graduation is not the only measure of success. Our local high schools work hard to prepare students for the next steps in life, through advanced placement coursework, dual credit offerings and vocational classes, and many students will enroll in college.